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The Abernethy Trust Hydro Scheme is a conventional 'run-of-river' scheme situated at Ardgour on the shores of Loch Linnhe on the West Coast of Scotland. It was developed by the Abernethy Trust in partnership with Gilkes Energy Ltd.

The Abernethy Trust Hydro Scheme is an 89kW ‘run-of-river' scheme developed by the Abernethy Trust – a non-profit making charity organisation specialising in outdoor activities.

Barry Edmondson, manager of the Abernethy School of Adventure Leadership, conceived the scheme in early 2008, as a way of generating valuable income for the Trust.

There are a number of interesting and unique aspects to the scheme as follows:

  • With commissioning taking place in May and June 2010 the scheme was one of the first in the UK to claim the new Feed In Tariff
  • The scheme was developed and project managed by Barry Edmondson in parallel with his full time ‘day-job' as manager of the Abernethy School of Adventure Leadership
  • The scheme was originally conceived as a 50kW scheme to take advantage of the ‘double-ROC' subsidy but intelligent design allowed the scheme to be ‘upsized' to its ‘organic' size of 89kW once the shape and structure of the Feed In Tariff was announced
  • The scheme is part financed using a Gilkes long-term equipment lease which allowed the scheme to upsize at short notice to the larger 89kW without having to raise any further capital investment
  • The scheme also benefited from a new ‘small-footprint' 10.5” Turgo turbine which has been developed by Gilkes and optimised for the 100kW market defined by the Feed In Tariff

Click here to download the Abernethy Trust case study PDF.



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